Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing
Red Velvet Desserts have always been my daughter’s favorite. Katie has requested red velvet cake or cupcakes for her birthday numerous times, so I knew she’d love a batch of these Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing!
This Red Velvet Brownies Recipe is made from scratch and the rich White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting pushes it over the top!
Why You Must Make
- They’re an easy way to get your red velvet fix!
- There’s almost as much cream cheese frosting as brownie in every bite!
- The color makes them fun for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even patriotic holidays if you add a few blue or red, white, and blue sprinkles.
Katie loves anything red velvet. The hubby does not. I think he expected more chocolate flavor when he first tasted one of my red velvet cupcakes. He’ll still eat them, mind you, but would much rather have a devil’s food version with chocolate buttercream.
The minimal amount of cocoa powder is the reason Katie is such a fan, and why Bill is not. So to balance out all the lava cakes of late, I whipped up a batch of red velvet brownies. The Queen of the House, as she is known around here, loves special treats just for her.
Here are the ingredients for the red velvet brownies, then the white chocolate buttercream.
- Kitchen Staples – Sugar, Eggs, Flour Salt, Milk
- Butter – Salted butter is fine, have it at room temperature for easy incorporation.
- Vanilla – Make sure it’s real vanilla extract, not artificially flavored.
- Cocoa Powder – I use Ghirardelli cocoa powder. Use regular cocoa powder not Dutch process.
- Red Food Coloring – A one-ounce bottle has two tablespoons of food coloring.
- Powdered Sugar – Sift for smooth frosting.
- White Chocolate – I chop, then melt a Ghirardelli bar in the microwave.
How to Make
- Cream together butter and sugar, then mix in eggs.
- Add the red velvet paste and mix in dry ingredients.
- Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake and cool
- Make the white chocolate frosting, spread it over cooled brownies, and dig in!
- PRO-Tip: Have your butter and eggs at room temperature for easier incorporation.
- This recipe uses 2 tablespoons of red food coloring! That is typically a one-ounce bottle.
- Sift your powdered sugar for the smoothest frosting.
- For the best white chocolate flavor, use a bar of white chocolate, like Ghirardelli. The frosting will taste better than if made with white chocolate chips (but they are definitely a viable substitute.)
- PRO-Tip: To cut clean slices, chill your brownies, then use a hot knife to cut. I dip my knife into a glass of extremely hot water, dry it off, then cut. Bring the brownies back to room temperature to serve.
- If you’d like fluffier icing, add a little more milk to make the frosting softer and of piping consistency. The recipe below will make the denser frosting seen in these photos.
Frequently Asked Questions
The definition of a brownie is a “small square of rich chocolate cake, usually containing nuts.” Well, I think that answers that!
These red velvet brownies are neither brownies nor blondies, which are pale cookie bars, but instead just plain ol’ cookie bars. There is a smidgen of cocoa powder, but not enough to make them a true chocolate dessert. My husband will confirm this!
First, and foremost, they need some sort of red coloring. These brownies have a healthy dose of red food coloring, but other red velvet recipes utilize ingredients like beet juice for a more natural dye.
Though dark in appearance, a red velvet dessert only has a few tablespoons of cocoa powder to darken and deepen the red velvet color versus giving it a chocolate taste.
In most red velvet recipes, there’s also some vinegar added to the batter which interacts with the cocoa and buttermilk to work some magic baking chemistry. This trio of ingredients brings out the red anthocyanin in cocoa powder, thus enhancing the red color.
These brownies contain neither vinegar nor buttermilk, but they’re still a very obvious red color!
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- Red Velvet Checkerboard Cake
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- Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Red Velvet Brownies Recipe
Irresistible red velvet brownies smothered in a thick layer of white chocolate icing
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 ounces white chocolate, melted
- 1/2 tablespoon milk
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line 8 x 8 pan with nonstick foil or regular foil. Grease regular foil with cooking spray if using.
- In a small bowl, mix cocoa powder, food coloring and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla to form a paste. Set aside.
- With a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, then add the second teaspoon of vanilla. Then beat in cocoa paste. Add flour and salt, and mix just until combined.
- Spread in pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before frosting.
- Cream butter with mixer till fluffy. Add vanilla. Slowly mix in powdered sugar, then white chocolate. Add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Ice cooled brownies.
For the cleanest slices, chill, cut, then serve at room temperature.
Serving Size:1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 40gProtein: 3g
87 Comments on “Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing”
The combination of the buttercream and light-chocolate brownie sounds incredibly decadent and super festive! Your squares are always so perfect!
I’m actually with your husband. I don’t mind Red Velvet, but I’m not too crazy about it. When it comes to a dessert, I prefer those with a pronounced, rich flavour – something Red Velvet doesn’t really offer. Nevertheless, these brownies look terrific and that white chocolate frosting is perfectly luscious and inviting!
Thank you so much for this from scratch version. I have always made box version over here but was curious if homemade tastes the same. Printed to make. Happy holidays season….
The perfect holiday treat! Pretty and sweet:@)
PS-Fun game last night!
These bars are gorgeous, Liz! Anything red velvet is my favorite. 🙂
Red velvet was all over my brain yesterday! It’s been a classic Christmas treat for us ever since my daughter had it for her wedding cake 14 years ago. Your bars look tremendous, Liz!
Looks so christmasy and beautiful! Love that white chocolate icing. angiesrecipes
Thanks for the recipe! Looks decadent. Has anyone tried freezing these and how did it turn out?
Hi, Susan, they should freeze well. I’d freeze them briefly uncovered so the frosting can firm up, then put them in an airtight container. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before eating. Hope that helps!
Hi did you use normal white sugar or castor sugar?
Hi, Tasmien, I used normal white (granulated) sugar. Hope you enjoy!
I made these. Delicious! I added one T of instant expresso to the batter and six ounces of cream cheese to the frosting. I did not use and milk in the frosting. I love the white chocolate!! It helps hold the cream cheese frosting together. This will be a family favorite for years!!
Oh, I’m so glad you loved these, Erica! And thanks for sharing your tweaks!!!
I haven’t made this so cant really rate but from the picture, I would give it a 5 star. I was wondering if you could double the ingredients and put it in a 9 x 13 or a jellyroll pan?
I haven’t doubled the recipe, but I think it could work. I’d recommend using a 9 x 13 pan as the area is closer to what doubling the square pan would be. Also, you’ll need to bake longer and maybe decrease the temperature by 25 degrees. Just watch the middle to make sure it is set before pulling these out of the oven. Let me know if you do double it, and how it works out!
It was a huge hit!! Such a gorgeous dessert!
It’s like how did I ever live without red velvet desserts in my life?! Delicious recipe!
This is the ultimate dessert right here! Can’t get enough of them!
These tun out so most and delicious!!
Bill is a lucky man to have such a gourmet baker in the home I bet he went nuts over these!
OMG looks awesome! Going to try this tomorrow as I have guests coming for coffee. Can be made a day ahead, right>
Yes, Cindy, you can easily make it ahead of time! Hope you enjoy!
I am IN LOVE with these red velvet brownies! That white chocolate icing looks to die for, too – it’s so fluffy and mouthwatering! I can’t wait to try these, Liz!